Here are a few tips on how to care for your benches so you can enjoy them for years.
Granite, Marble, Quartzite & Onyx
Maintenance & Cleaning:
Clean your countertop with a few drops of mild dish washing detergent and warm water. Use a clean cloth for best results.
Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solution and dry with a soft cloth. Change the rinse water frequently.
Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids on the granite. The high acid content may etch the surface & may make it look dull.
To keep your countertop stain free clean any spills such as grease, wine, vinegar or coffee etc immediately.
Each granite has different absorption levels for water and other liquids, thus care must be taken to wipe the counters clean after usage or within 1-2 hours, whichever is earlier .
Your countertops are generally sealed at installation. Darker colors require re-sealing less often vs. lighter colors. Sealers typically last for 4-5 years of regular home use. Use spray-on sealers to re-seal your countertop.
Removal of Stain from Granite:
If you have an accidental spill on your granite countertop, wipe up with a paper towel as soon as possible. While granite is very stain-resistant, should a stain occur, use a Poultice ( mixture of baking soda, water (or mineral spirits) and white flour that you mix to the consistency of peanut butter). Apply poultice to the stain approximately ¼” thick and cover with plastic wrap. Allow it to cure for 24 to 48 hours. Stubborn stains may take a few applications.
Oil-based Stains: Use a poultice with baking soda and water or mineral spirits.
Organic Stains: Use a poultice with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide solution or acetone.